Highcrest transformed into The House of Commons for schools debate

Highcrest transformed into The House of Commons for schools debate

Highcrest transformed into The House of Commons for schools debate

Highcrest transformed into The House of Commons for schools debate

Highcrest transformed into The House of Commons for schools debate

Highcrest transformed into The House of Commons for schools debate

Highcrest transformed into The House of Commons for schools debate

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A SCHOOL was transformed into The House of Commons as Steve Baker MP acted as Speaker during a political debate between pupils.

Highcrest Academy became the ‘House of Wycombe Chamber’ for the debate between schoolchildren from Wycombe High, Sir William Ramsay, John Hampden Grammar, Wycombe Abbey, Cressex Community, St Michael’s Catholic and the Royal Grammar School.

They discussed motions including whether the HS2 project should be scrapped and if the UK should intervene in Syria at Thursday’s event.

Mr Baker organised the debate for pupils from years 10 and 11, as well as sixth form students, to ‘engage future electors with our democracy’.

The Wycombe MP said: “Both the sixth form pupils and years 10 and 11 made superb contributions to our Parliamentary-style debate.

"The depth and range of ideas was exemplary and pupils brilliantly grasped the process and style of the debate. We can be justly proud of pupils from all our local schools.

"Everyone who spoke should be confident that they are well-equipped to face life’s communication challenges. I believe students also learned something of Parliament too.

“My heartfelt thanks to Highcrest Academy for working so hard to make us all welcome for the benefit of every local secondary school.”

A replica Members’ Tea Room and public gallery was set up at the Hatters Lane academy to give the debate an authentic Parliamentary feel.

During the debates, teams took in turn to act as the Government and the Opposition as they sat across the hall from each other on the benches.

There was a table between the two teams with despatch boxes on it.

At the end of the debates, the teams filed out to vote before tellers tallied up the papers and then the Speaker announced the result.

Emma Bowden, Highcrest’s assistant headteacher, said: "The event was absolutely brilliant.

“There were 150 students and staff present, and the debates were based on the ones you see in the real House of Commons.

“It was all very robust but polite at the same time."

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12:04am Sat 29 Mar 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...


Mr Baker organised the debate … to ‘engage future electors with our democracy’.
The Wycombe MP said: “... We can be justly proud of pupils from all our local schools.”

Even the ones in special measures and the ones that were criticised as ‘a disgrace’ a few months ago by David Laws Mr Baker?
Mr Baker has claimed in the past that Highcrest was attracting people away from the grammar schools - where almost half the pupils are from out of county and that he supports the idea of grammar schools - perhaps I am being paranoid but this debate and Mr Baker’s comments sound not unlike a little plug for ‘selective’ education and the fatuous belief that all Bucks schools are good.


“It was all very robust but polite at the same time." Not like the real HoC then where our MP suffers from his own communication challenges.
[italic] Mr Baker organised the debate … to ‘engage future electors with our democracy’. The Wycombe MP said: “... We can be justly proud of pupils from all our local schools.” [/italic] Even the ones in special measures and the ones that were criticised as ‘a disgrace’ a few months ago by David Laws Mr Baker? Mr Baker has claimed in the past that Highcrest was attracting people away from the grammar schools - where almost half the pupils are from out of county and that he supports the idea of grammar schools - perhaps I am being paranoid but this debate and Mr Baker’s comments sound not unlike a little plug for ‘selective’ education and the fatuous belief that all Bucks schools are good. “It was all very robust but polite at the same time." Not like the real HoC then where our MP suffers from his own communication challenges. Undercover Euro Yob
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4:56pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Robert.M says...

Just about Mr Baker`s age level, what was he doing searching for ideas so he could take the credit as he has never had a sensible idea of his own.
Just about Mr Baker`s age level, what was he doing searching for ideas so he could take the credit as he has never had a sensible idea of his own. Robert.M
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